Snow & Freezing Damage: Winter Weather’s Effects on Your Yard

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Winters in Central Indiana can be downright brutal on your lawn. Freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, and ice can cause all sorts of stress on grass and soil, and some of these impacts can last well into spring and even summer. Lawn Pride explains the various types of damage, and what you can do to prevent them.

Different Types of Damage

Cooler weather grasses, which are popular in Indiana and across the Midwest, have evolved to weather the coldest winters. But, even the hardiest varieties are not invincible. Freezing temps can dehydrate grass, while also breaking blades in half and killing roots. Wet snow and sunshine can promote pink and grey snow mold on lawns. Road salts and chemical deicers can kill vegetation. So, can heavy snow drifts, at spots around your house where winds allow excess snow to accumulate. These are just a few of the more common winter problems lawns face – the list goes on and on.

What You Can Do

It’s tough to tell your kids not to play in the snow, but if you are a big lawn lover, try and limit the amount of human activity on your grass. At the very least, limit it to a particular section of yard. Rolling big snowballs to make snowmen exposes bare grass to the harsh freezing elements of winter. The same goes for heavy footsteps, and for folks who shovel potty pathways through the yard for their dogs.

Likewise, be mindful about salt and deicer placement on your walks and driveways. Overuse can easily spill these solutions over into your lawn and damage your grasses and root systems.

Preparing for Spring

One of the greatest things about grass is its resiliency. Grass is a surprisingly tough plant, and it can rebound from some pretty heavy damage – Mother Nature and man-made. One of the most effective ways to ensure your lawn stays healthy all winter long is by taking care of it all year long. Mowing, watering, and fertilizing at routine intervals are key.

Stay tuned for more turf tips throughout the entire year. At Lawn Pride, we care about our customer’s lawns and strive to provide excellent service to you and yard through every season. Now, check out these 2018 lawn resolutions you should consider for the year ahead!